CHESWOLD, Del. - A memorial fund has been started with the Delaware State Police Federal Credit Union in the name of Cpl. Stephan Ballard, the trooper who was fatally shot Wednesday in the line of duty.
Cpl. Ballard was 32 years old and leaves behind his wife and a 5-year-old daughter, officials said. He had served with Delaware State Police for more than eight years.
Delaware State Police say proceeds donated to the memorial fund will be donated to Cpl. Ballard's family. Officials say this is the only official memorial fund dedicated to Cpl. Ballard.
Police say checks can be addressed to the DSTA- Stephen Ballard Memorial Fund at PO Box 168 in Cheswold, DE 19936. Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the Delaware State Troopers Association at 302-736-9958.
Cpl. Ballard was shot at the Wawa in Bear by 26-year-old Burgon Sealy Jr. of Middletown, police said. Sealy fled the scene and barricaded himself inside a Middletown home throughout the night before exiting the home Thursday morning, engaging police while armed and getting shot by law enforcement. Sealy died on the scene.
"Cpl. Ballard went to work everyday putting his life on the line to protect all of us," Gov. Carney said a press conference Thursday. "Yesterday he gave his life performing that purpose."